08 December 2012

Wolves Slip by IceHogs, 2-1

ROCKFORD, Ill.---They were shut out at home Friday night, but the Chicago Wolves proved one day can make all the difference when they bested the Rockford IceHogs 2-1 in an Illinois Lottery Cup contest Saturday night at the MetroCentre.

Center Andrew Ebbett and right wing Darren Haydar scored for the Wolves, while goaltender Matt Climie (3-7-0) stopped 23 of 24 shots.

A quick wrist shot from Rockford right wing Kyle Beach opened scoring late in the first period at 18:32. The IceHogs (13-10-0-1) led the game 1-0 heading into the second period.

Once the new frame got started, Chicago (10-9-2-1) pressed until they found a way to score, with Ebbett finding a hole in Rockford goalie Carter Hutton’s game, rifling a shot past him at 4:53.

The score remained knotted until midway through the third period when Haydar scored his first goal of the season past Hutton at 7:12.

Hutton (9-9-1) thwarted 34 shots in the loss.

The Wolves will return to the Allstate Arena at 7 p.m. Thursday night to welcome the visiting Hamilton Bulldogs.

Chicago 0 1 1 -- 2
Rockford 1 0 0 -- 1

First Period---1, Rockford, Beach 8 (LeBlanc, Pirri), 18:32. Penalties--- Sterling, Chicago (holding), 6:53; Kassian, Chicago (roughing) 10:59; Sterling, Chicago (roughing), 10:59; Beach, Rockford (roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct) 10:59; Bollig, Rockford (goaltender interference, roughing, misconduct) 10:59; Hutton, Rockford (holding) 13:22; Kassian, Chicago (slashing) 14:51.

Second Period---2, Chicago, Ebbett 3 (Connauton, Haydar), 4:53 pp. Penalties---Lebda, Rockford (tripping), 1:00; Flick, Rockford (hooking), 4:43; Miller, Chicago (fighting), 5:56; Shaw, Rockford (fighting), 5:56; St. Pierre, Rockford (cross-checking), 19:58.

Third Period---3, Chicago, Haydar 1 (Sweatt, Schroeder), 7:12. Penalties---Bollig, Rockford (slashing), 0:37; Lebda, Rockford (interference), 3:12; Connauton, Chicago (fighting), 8:45; Morin, Rockford (fighting) 8:45; Miskovic, Chicago (tripping) 16:01; Miller, Chicago (roughing, misconduct), 20:00; Beach, Rockford (roughing, misconduct), 20:00.

Shots on goal---Chicago: 15-13-8--36; Rockford: 9-8-7--24. Power plays---Chicago 1-8; Rockford 0-3. Goalies—Chicago, Climie (23-24), Rockford, Hutton (34-36). A---5,350. Referee---Geno Binda. Linesmen---Peter Cinchy and Al Stensland.